2018 Season
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  • Tuesday   August 7, 2018
  • First Presbyterian Church • 3:00 PM
  • SkanFest U: Leonard Bernstein's America
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  • Wednesday   August 8, 2018
  • the home of Craig and Barbara Froelich • 6:30 PM
  • An "Extraordinary" Summer Suite
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  • Thursday   August 9, 2018
  • First Presbyterian Church • 7:00 PM
  • Backstage Pass: Beyond the Notes
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  • First Presbyterian Church • 8:00 PM
  • Opening Night
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  • Friday   August 10, 2018
  • First Presbyterian Church • 8:00 PM
  • The Danish String Quartet
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  • Saturday   August 11, 2018
  • Robinson Pavilion at Anyela's Vineyards • 7:30 PM
  • The Joshua Redman Quartet
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  • Tuesday   August 14, 2018
  • First Presbyterian Church • 3:00 PM
  • SkanFest U: Leonard Bernstein's America
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  • Thursday   August 16, 2018
  • First Presbyterian Church • 8:00 PM
  • Eliot Fisk: A Family Affair
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  • Friday   August 17, 2018
  • First Presbyterian Church • 7:00 PM
  • Prelude Concert
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  • First Presbyterian Church • 8:00 PM
  • America Singing
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  • Saturday   August 18, 2018
  • Robinson Pavilion at Anyela's Vineyards • 7:30 PM
  • Leonard Bernstein's Candide
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  • Sunday   August 19, 2018
  • First Presbyterian Church • 2:00 PM
  • KidsFest: Meet the Orchestra! with the Knights
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  • Tuesday   August 21, 2018
  • First Presbyterian Church • 3:00 PM
  • SkanFest U: Leonard Bernstein's America
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  • Thursday   August 23, 2018
  • First Presbyterian Church • 7:00 PM
  • Backstage Pass: Why Schubert?
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  • First Presbyterian Church • 8:00 PM
  • Schubert Up Close
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  • Friday   August 24, 2018
  • First Presbyterian Church • 8:00 PM
  • Songs from Home
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  • Saturday   August 25, 2018
  • Robinson Pavilion at Anyela's Vineyards • 7:30 PM
  • Beethoven under the Stars
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  • Tuesday   August 28, 2018
  • First Presbyterian Church • 3:00 PM
  • SkanFest U: Leonard Bernstein's America
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  • Wednesday   August 29, 2018
  • The Mandana Barn • 11:00 AM
  • KidsFest: Drum it Up!
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  • Thursday   August 30, 2018
  • First Presbyterian Church • 8:00 PM
  • Steel Drums & Strings
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  • Friday   August 31, 2018
  • First Presbyterian Church • 8:00 PM
  • Beethoven's Last Call
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  • Saturday   September 1, 2018
  • Robinson Pavilion at Anyela's Vineyards • 7:30 PM
  • The Mark O'Connor Band
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Musicians

Joshua Redman Quartet
Joshua Redman Quartet

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Joshua Redman Quartet

Joshua Redman is one of the most acclaimed and charismatic jazz artists to have emerged in the decade of the 1990s. In addition to his own projects, Redman has recorded and performed with musicians such as Dave Brubeck, Chick Corea, The Dave Matthews Band, Herbie Hancock, Milt Jackson, Quincy Jones, Big Daddy Kane, B.B. King, The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, DJ Logic, Yo Yo Ma, Branford Marsalis, Leon Parker, Dewey Redman, The Rolling Stones, The Roots, John Scofield, Soulive, String Cheese Incident, Toots Thielemans, The Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, McCoy Tyner, Umphrey's McGee, US3, Bugge Wesseltoft, Cedar Walton, and Stevie Wonder. Joshua Redman has been nominated for 3 Grammys and has garnered top honors in critics and readers polls of DownBeat, Jazz Times, The Village Voice and Rolling Stone. He wrote and performed the music for Louis Malle's final film Vanya on 42nd Street, and is both seen and heard in the Robert Altman film Kansas City.

Performing:
Saturday, August 11

Jupiter String Quartet
Jupiter String Quartet

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Jupiter String Quartet

(Nelson Lee, violin Meg Freivogel, violin Liz Freivogel, viola Daniel McDonough, cello )

The Jupiter String Quartet stands at the forefront of the younger generation of classical chamber music ensembles. Formed in 2002, they concertize across the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia and South America performing the world's finest halls, including New York's Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center and Library of Congress, in Washington, D.C., Boston's Jordan Hall, London's Wigmore Hall, Mexico City's Palacio de BellasArtes, the Esterházy Palace in Austria, and Seoul's National Arts Center and Sejong Chamber Hall. They have been enthusiastically welcomed at major music festivals in North America, including Aspen, the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, Skaneateles, the Vancouver Chamber Music Festival, Banff, and Lanaudiere Festival, and abroad at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival in Ireland and the Seoul Spring Festival, among many others. The Jupiters have received several musical distinctions: an Avery Fisher Career Grant (2008), Grand Prize in the Banff International String Quartet Competition (2004), Grand Prize in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition (2004), membership in Lincoln Center's Chamber Music Society Two (2007-2010), and Chamber Music America's Cleveland Quartet Award (2007). The Jupiter String quartet is in its 5th year as Artists-In-Residence at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, where each member maintains a private studio as well as responsibility for running the chamber music program.

Performing:
Wednesday, August 29
Thursday, August 30
Friday, August 31

Mark O'Connor Band
Mark O'Connor Band

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Mark O'Connor Band

(Mark O’Connor, fiddle; Maggie O'Connor, fiddle/vocals; Forrest O'Connor, mandolin/guitar/vocals; Kate Lee, fiddle/vocals; Joe Smart, guitar; Geoff Saunders, bass/banjo )

Mark O'Connor Band's very first performance took place at the legendary Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas in 2015. In 2017 – less than a year and a half later – they took home the GRAMMY Award for Best Bluegrass Album for their debut recording, Coming Home. In a whirlwind two years, the band has also performed at the GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony, received standing ovations at the Grand Ole Opry, reached the No. 1 spot on Billboard's Top Bluegrass Albums chart, and been invited to open for the Zac Brown Band's 2018 summer tour. They have put together a show unlike any other, one that blends country and pop sensibilities with Americana rawness, bluegrass drive, and chamber music sophistication, one that has begun winning over audiences at festivals (Americana Fest, Grey Fox, IBMA, Rocky Grass), clubs (Jazz Alley, Dakota Jazz Club), and the world's premier theaters (Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Eastman Kodak Theater, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Schermerhorn Symphony Center).

Performing:
Saturday, September 1

Skaneateles Festival Orchestra
Skaneateles Festival Orchestra

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Skaneateles Festival Orchestra

Performing:
Saturday, August 25

The cast of Candide
The cast of Candide

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The cast of Candide

Performing:
Saturday, August 18
Sunday, August 19

The Danish String Quartet
The Danish String Quartet

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The Danish String Quartet

(Frederik Øland, Violin Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen, Violin Asbjørn Nørgaard, Viola Bartholomew LaFollette, Cello)

Embodying the quintessential elements of a fine chamber music ensemble, the Danish String Quartet has established a reputation for their integrated sound, impeccable intonation and judicious balance. The Danish String Quartet's expansive 2017-2018 North American season includes more than 30 performances across 17 states. The ensemble gives debut performances at numerous renowned venues, such as the Interlochen Center for the Arts, Bravo! Vail and Ravinia summer festivals, Cleveland Chamber Music Society, Ensemble Music Society Indianapolis, Santa Fe Pro Musica, Oregon Bach Festival, and San Francisco Performances, among others. After their highly successful 2016-2017 season, which included debuts at the Tanglewood, Caramoor and Edinburgh Festivals, the Danish String Quartet debuted at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall performing Shostakovich String Quartet in E-flat minor as well as Schubert Cello Quintet with eminent Swedish cellist TorleifThedéen. Internationally, they performed throughout Israel, South America, Germany, the United Kingdom, Poland, and their home country, Denmark.

Performing:
Friday, August 10

The Knights
The Knights

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The Knights

The Knights are a collective of adventurous musicians, dedicated to transforming the orchestral experience and eliminating barriers between audiences and music. Driven by an open-minded spirit of camaraderie and exploration, they inspire listeners with vibrant programs that encompass their roots in the classical tradition and passion for artistic discovery. The orchestra has been proud to tour and record with renowned soloists including Yo-Yo Ma, Dawn Upshaw, Béla Fleck, and Gil Shaham, and has performed at such prestigious institutions as Carnegie Hall, Tanglewood, and the Vienna Musikverein. The Knights' notable accomplishments include a 2017 Grammy Award nomination for a recording with master violinist Gil Shaham; a performance at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Rose Theater as part of the NY Phil Biennial; The Knights' debut at Carnegie Hall in the New York premiere of Steven Stucky and Jeremy Denk's opera The Classical Style; a U.S. tour with banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck; a European tour with soprano Dawn Upshaw; residencies at Dartmouth, Penn State, and Washington, D.C.'s Dumbarton Oaks; frequent festival appearances at Ravinia, Caramoor, Big Ears, and Tanglewood; and nine years of free summer performances at Central Park's Naumburg Orchestral Concerts, Bryant Park, and BRIC's Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival in Prospect Park.

Performing:
Friday, August 17
Saturday, August 18
Sunday, August 19

Andy Akiho
Andy Akiho
Steel Drum
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Andy Akiho, Steel Drum

Described as "mold-breaking," "alert and alive," "dramatic," and "vital" by The New York Times, Andy Akiho is an eclectic composer and performer of contemporary classical music. Recent engagements include commissioned premieres by the New York Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, and Carnegie Hall's Ensemble ACJW; a performance with the Los Angeles Philharmonic; and three concerts at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Akiho has been recognized with awards including the 2014-15 Luciano Berio Rome Prize, the 2015 Lili Boulanger Memorial Fund, a 2014 Fromm Foundation Commission from Harvard University, the 2014 American Composers Orchestra Underwood Emerging Composers Commission, a 2014 Chamber Music America (CMA) Grant with the Friction Quartet and Jenny Q. Chai, a 2012 CMA Grant with Sybarite5, the 2012 Carlsbad Composer Competition Commission for the Calder Quartet, and the 2011 Finale & ensemble eighth blackbird National Composition Competition Grand Prize. Additionally, his compositions have been featured on PBS's "News Hour with Jim Lehrer" and by organizations such as Bang on a Can, American Composers Forum, and The Society for New Music.

Performing:
Wednesday, August 29
Thursday, August 30

Inon Barnatan
Inon Barnatan
Piano
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Inon Barnatan, Piano

Israeli pianist Inon Barnatan is known for his compelling and insightful musicianship and elegant virtuosity, and as "a true poet of the keyboard, refined, searching [and] unfailingly communicative" (London's Evening Standard). He has performed extensively with the world's important orchestras, including those of Cleveland, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco, and he has worked with distinguished conductors such as Gustavo Dudamel, Michael Tilson Thomas, Matthias Pintscher, and Pinchas Zukerman. Awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2009, he enters his third and final season in 2016-17 as the New York Philharmonic's first Artist in Association, a position that continues to spotlight Barnaton's concerto and chamber collaborations with the orchestra, including his debut at the Mostly Mozart Festival. Barnatan's recordings are critically acclaimed, and his album Darknesse Visible was named one of the "Best of 2012" by the New York Times. His 2015 CD Rachmaninov & Chopin: Cello Sonatas on Decca Classics with Alisa Weilerstein earned rave reviews on both sides of the Atlantic.

Performing:
Thursday, August 23
Friday, August 24
Saturday, August 25

Derek Bermel
Derek Bermel
Composer
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Derek Bermel, Composer

Composer and clarinetist Derek Bermel has been widely hailed for his creativity, theatricality, and virtuosity. Artistic Director of the American Composers Orchestra, Bermel is also curator of the Gamper Festival at the Bowdoin International Music Festival, Director of Copland House's emerging composers institute Cultivate, and recently enjoyed a four-year tenure as artist-in-residence at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) in Princeton. He has received commissions from the Pittsburgh, National, Saint Louis, and Pacific Symphonies, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, WNYC Radio, La Jolla Music Society, Seattle Chamber Music Festival, Guarneri String Quartet, De Ereprijs (Netherlands), violinist Midori, and electric guitarist Wiek Hijmans among others. His many honors include the Alpert Award in the Arts, Rome Prize, Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellowships, American Music Center's Trailblazer Award, and an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; commissions from the Koussevitzky and Fromm Foundations, Meet the Composer, and Cary Trust; and residencies at Yaddo, Tanglewood, Aspen, Banff, Bellagio, Copland House, Sacatar, and Civitella Ranieri.

Performing:
Thursday, August 9

Julia Bruskin
Julia Bruskin
Cello
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Julia Bruskin, Cello

Since her concerto debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at age 17, Julia Bruskin has established herself as one of the premiere cellists of her generation. She has soloed with conductor Jahja Ling at Avery Fisher Hall as well as with the Nashville, Utah, Virginia, and Pacific Symphonies, among others. She is a frequent guest at summer music festivals, now especially as co-director of the Skaneateles Festival with her husband, Aaron Wunsch. She is also a member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York City. A founding member of the critically acclaimed Claremont Trio, Bruskin has recorded and toured extensively with the group. Their recording for Bridge Records of the Beethoven "Triple" Concerto with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra has received rave reviews. Bruskin teaches at the Juilliard Pre-College.

Performing:
Thursday, August 9
Thursday, August 23
Friday, August 24

Rebecca Carr
Rebecca Carr
Narrator
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Rebecca Carr, Narrator

Soprano Rebecca Carr has been hailed in the press for singing "radiantly" and "brilliantly" with her "big, vibrant soprano voice," matched with "remarkable" and "touching" portrayals. She brings her exuberance for singing and love of performing to opera, concert and recital stages. She has performed regionally with Central City Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Opera Festival of New Jersey, Harrisburg Opera Association, Mozart & Friends Opera Festival, ArtPark/Greater Buffalo Opera, Ashlawn-Highland Summer Opera Festival, and she sang throughout France, Germany and Spain with the touring company, Teatro Lirico di Europa. With Aiken Productions, Miss Carr performed Amahl & The Night Visitors in over half the United States under the direction of the original Melchior, baritone David Aiken. She has appeared in concert with the Ohio Valley Symphony, Evansville Philharmonic, the Chautauqua Symphony, Bridgeton Symphony, and the Old York Road Symphony. Miss Carr made her Carnegie Hall debut as soloist in Vivaldi's Gloria. Other debuts were made at Philadelphia's Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, as a featured artist on the Family Concert series, in concert with the Ocean City (NJ) Pops, and in recital on the Bucks County Performing Arts Center Concert Series.

Performing:
Thursday, August 9

Alexander Elliott
Alexander Elliott
"Maximilian"
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Alexander Elliott, "Maximilian"

Baritone Alexander Elliott begins his 2017-18 season in his house and role debut singing Sonora in La fanciulla del West with New York City Opera. Following his "noble" presentation as John Brooke in Adamo's Little Women last season, he reprises the role in November in his debut with Annapolis Opera. He reprises two additional roles in 2018 - first with Opera Santa Barbara in March as the title role in Il barbiere di Siviglia, followed by his return to the Orlando Philharmonic for Master Peter's Puppet Show. On the concert stage, he returns to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for performances of Haydn's Creation and Handel's Messiah under Music Director Manfred Honeck. Additional recent engagements include his house and role debut as John Brooke in Little Women with Madison Opera, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte with the Orlando Philharmonic, and Portland Opera for their inaugural 2016 festival season making two role debuts: as Anthony in Sondheim's Sweeney Todd, and as the title role in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin.

Performing:
Saturday, August 18

Eliot Fisk
Eliot Fisk
Guitar
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Eliot Fisk, Guitar

Guitarist Eliot Fisk is known worldwide as a charismatic performer famed for his adventurous and virtuosic repertoire. In the 2017-18 season Fisk continues to break new ground for the guitar with marathon performances of his transcriptions of all 6 Bach solo cello Suites, duo performances with guitar legend Angel Romero and with a new trio formed with virtuoso guitarists Joaquin Clerch and Aniello Desiderio. Eliot Fisk has performed as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Houston Symphony, Rochester Symphony, Orchestra of St. Lukes, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Pro Arte Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra, Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) and many others. In June 2006, King Juan Carlos of Spain awarded Eliot the "Cruz de Isabel la Católica" for his service to the cause of Spanish music Eliot Fisk is Founder and Artistic Director of Boston GuitarFest, an annual cross-disciplinary event cosponsored by the New England Conservatory and Northeastern University and now entering its 13th consecutive year. In 2017 he created and served as Artistic Director of the first ever and immensely successful Salzburg Guitar Fest at the Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg. In summer of 2014 he toured China performing with his wife, classical guitarist, Zaira Meneses, and the couple's young daughter, pianist, Raquel Fisk.

Performing:
Thursday, August 16

Raquel Fisk
Raquel Fisk
Piano
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Raquel Fisk, Piano

Raquel Fisk has performed frequently in the Boston area (including numerous performances in Jordan Hall). She recently performed to critical acclaim at the famous Bethlehem Bach Festival and twice in New York City's Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall as back to back winner of the AFAF Auditions. In August of 2014 she performed on tour for the first time in major cities in China including Hangzhou, Taicang and Shanghai. In both 2015 and 2016 Raquel won first prize in the Bay State Piano Competition and in 2017 won first prize in both the Senior Division of the Rhode Island Piano Extravaganza Competition and the Steinway Competition. This June she makes her debut as soloist with orchestra in Camille Saint -Saens' demanding Concerto #2 in G minor in Xalapa, Mexico, with the famous Orquesta Sinfonica de Xalapa under the baton of Maestro Lan Franco Marceletti.

Performing:
Thursday, August 16

Xavier Foley
Xavier Foley
Bass
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Xavier Foley, Bass

Winner of a 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grant, double bassist Xavier Foley has captivated audiences "with superbly executed performances… playing fluidly and passionately" (Splash Magazines). In the 2017-2018 season, Mr. Foley appears as soloist with the Orchard Park Symphony Orchestra, and performs recitals at the Port Washington Library, the Paramount Theatre, the Perlman Music Program Alumni Recital Series, the Harriman-Jewell Series, and at the Buffalo Chamber Music Society. As a Winner of the 2016 Young Concert Artists International Auditions along with four Performance Prizes, he gave his New York and Washington, DC debut recitals this season, which included two of his own compositions. Mr. Foley has appeared as soloist with the Atlanta Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Brevard Concert Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Sphinx Symphony Orchestra and with the Sphinx Virtuosi at Carnegie Hall. His numerous prizes include Philadelphia's Musical Fund Society, First Prizes at Astral's 2014 National Auditions, Sphinx's 2014 Competition, and at the 2011 International Society of Bassists Competition. Xavier Foley has participated in the Marlboro Music and the Delaware Chamber Music Festivals.

Performing:
Wednesday, August 8
Thursday, August 9

Zoe Johnson
Zoe Johnson
Soprano
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Zoe Johnson, Soprano

Zoe Johnson, a soprano from Los Angeles, is a graduate of the Bard Graduate Vocal Arts Program. At Bard, she appeared as soprano soloist in Handel's Messiah with the TON Orchestra, under the baton of Leon Botstein. She also premiered works by Andy Vores and Matthew Schickele in concert with Dawn Upshaw and the Bard Vocal Arts Program at the Morgan Library in New York City. This season, Zoe appears in concert at the Aspen Music Festival, in Candide with The Knights at Tanglewood, and makes her debut in Street Scene and Don Giovanni with Virginia Opera. She recently appeared as Michelle Taylor in the world premiere of Intruder-The Musical at the Hudson Guild Theater in New York City, as part of the New York Theater Festival. In March, she performed the role of Lena in Ana Sokolovic's Serbian chamber opera, Svadba, at the Bard Fisher Center. Other recent credits include Queen of the Night with the Albany Symphony (2017), Fire, Princess and Nightingale in L'enfant et les Sortileges with Robert Spano at the Aspen Music Festival, and Rosalba in Florencia en el Amazonas at the Fletcher Opera Institute.

Performing:
Friday, August 17

Sharleen Joynt
Sharleen Joynt
"Cunegonde"
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Sharleen Joynt, "Cunegonde"

Coloratura soprano Sharleen Joynt has been praised for her "silvery, sparkling, substantial and resonant soprano" [Die Deutsche Bühne] and "an artistic command that leaves the listener breathless" [Deutschland Radio]. For the 2017/2018 season, Sharleen joins Opera Philadelphia as Winnie in their workshop and production of Sky on Swings, a new opera by Lembit Beecher, starring Frederica von Stade. She returns to Pacific Opera Victoria for her first Musetta in La Bohème, and debuts with both Anchorage Opera and the Tanglewood Music Festival as Cunegonde in Candide. She will be heard with the Bach Society of St. Louis as the soprano solo in Howard Goodall's requiem, Eternal Light, and will also appear as Queen of the Night with Theater Augsburg's Summer concert series. During the 2016-17 season, Sharleen joined the Orlando Philharmonic as Cunegonde for a concert staging of Candide, and performed Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute with Pacific Opera Victoria. She sang Mahler's Symphony No. 4 with the Thunder Bay Symphony and joined the Victoria Symphony for their New Year's operetta gala.

Performing:
Saturday, August 18

Hannah Kang
Hannah Kang
Violin
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Hannah Kang, Violin

Hannah Kang is currently a senior at Christian Brothers Academy. She has been studying the violin under James Krehbiel for the past seven years. She has served as concertmaster of her school orchestra, and has been co-concertmaster of the Symphoria Youth Orchestra under Christian Capocaccia. She has also served as the concertmaster of NYSSMA Area All-State in 2016, and participated in NYSSMA All-State in 2017. Hannah has been awarded first place in the CNYAMT Instrumental Competition in 2011 and 2015. In 2015, Hannah was a Civic Morning Musicals concerto Competition finalist, and awarded Honorable Mention in 2017. She actively participates in the B Sharp Scholarship Competition, placing first in 2017 and 2018. More recently, Hannah has been awarded Honorable Mention of the Robinson Award in 2017 and has been awarded first prize in the Empire Instrumental Competition High School Division. Hannah will be attending Washington and Lee University in the fall and plans on continuing her music studies while focusing on a business degree.

Performing:
Friday, August 17

Marcelo Lehninger
Marcelo Lehninger
Conductor
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Marcelo Lehninger, Conductor

Brazilian-born Marcelo Lehninger is in his second year as Music Director of the Grand Rapids Symphony. He previously served as Music Director of the New West Symphony in Los Angeles, for which the League of American Orchestras awarded him the Helen H. Thompson Award for Emerging Music Directors. Marcelo was also appointed Assistant Conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Lehninger's 2017-18 season includes his debut with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, and a return to the Slovenian Philharmonic, which he leads on tour to Vienna. Closer to home, Mr. Lehninger debuts with the Charlotte and Tucson Symphonies, and returns to the North Carolina Symphony and Rochester Philharmonic. He will also return to Carnegie Hall with the Grand Rapids Symphony. Highlights of the 2016-17 season included debuts with the Colorado, Hawaii, Toledo, and Portland Symphonies; Colorado Springs Philharmonic; and Symphony Nova Scotia; as well as return engagements with Minas Gerais Philharmonic, New Mexico Philharmonic, and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. He made his Japanese debut with the Kyushu Symphony, and his Australian debut with the Sydney and Melbourne Symphonies.

Performing:
Saturday, August 25

Luke MacMillan
Luke MacMillan
Baritone
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Luke MacMillan, Baritone

Baritone and Oregon native Luke MacMillan currently studies at the Bard Graduate Vocal Arts Program under the direction of world-renowned Soprano Dawn Upshaw, Kayo Iwama, Sanford Sylvan, and Erika Switzer. This year at Bard he was featured in various concerts with the Albany Symphony, singing excerpts and arias from operas by Mozart, Handel, and Verdi. In Spring of 2018, he sang as The Swineherd in John Harbison's Full Moon In March. Additionally, MacMillon joined the Bard Baroque Ensemble in a performance of Bruhns and Rameau Cantatas. This summer he will join the Janiec Opera Company at Brevard, singing as Dandini in La Cenerentola, covering Maximilian in Candide, and soloing in Leonard Bernstein's Mass, conducted by Maestro Keith Lockhart.

Performing:
Friday, August 17

Alex Mansoori
Alex Mansoori
"Baron"
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Alex Mansoori, "Baron"

Called "Oustanding" and "Hilarious" by critics, tenor Alex Mansoori has been hailed as "solid and convincing" and "smartly characterized" by The New York Times. Specializing in character tenor roles, Mr. Mansoori's varied repertoire runs the gamut from Handel and Mozart to Bernstein and Sondheim. Most recently, he appeared as Monostatos in the Orlando Philharmonic's staged concert of Die Zauberflöte and was also part of the rebirth of Opera Orlando, singing Monsieur Vogelsang in The Impresario and Lacouf, le Fils, and le Journaliste in Les mamelles de Tirésias. In the coming season, he returns to the Orland Philharmonic for their staged performances of Bernstein's Candide and will be heard as Pang in Turandot and Monostatos with Opera Naples under the baton of Artistic Director Ramón Tebar. Mr. Mansoori has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, New York's famed Rainbow Room and appeared in Candide in Concert with The New York Philharmonic which was also broadcast on PBS and later released on DVD.

Performing:
Saturday, August 18

Anthony Marwood
Anthony Marwood
Violin
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Anthony Marwood, Violin

British violinist Anthony Marwood is known worldwide as an artist of exceptional expressive force. His energetic and collaborative nature places him in great demand as soloist/director with chamber orchestras worldwide. He is Principal Artistic Partner of the celebrated Canadian chamber orchestra, Les Violons du Roy, a post he took up in 2015. In the 2016-17 season, he was Artist in Residence at the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra. His eminence as a soloist has brought him to work with conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Sir Andrew Davis, Thomas Søndergård, David Robertson, Gerard Korsten, IlanVolkov, Jaime Martin, Bernard Labadie and Douglas Boyd. In recent years, engagements have included the Boston Symphony, St Louis Symphony and Vienna Radio Symphony, as well as the New Zealand and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Last season included performances of Kurt Weill's concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Galicia, play/direct projects with the Aurora Orchestra at London's Royal Festival Hall and with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, a return to the Amsterdam Sinfonietta for a tour of the Netherlands, and a performance of Brahms's Double Concerto with Alexander Rudin and Musica Viva Moscow.

Performing:
Thursday, August 23
Friday, August 24

Zaira Meneses
Zaira Meneses
Guitar
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Zaira Meneses, Guitar

Zaira Meneses is among the most exciting performers on the international classical guitar circuit. Her musicality and charisma have delighted audiences on three continents. This success led to performances of Joaquin Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez and Concierto Madrigal for two guitars throughout Mexico. Since moving to the USA in 2001, Meneses has built a stellar reputation for her warm sound, limpid technique, and superb natural musicality, performing in many of the great concert halls of the world, including Boston's Jordan Hall, New York City's Alice Tully Hall, and Salzburg's Wiener Saal. Meneses has served as artist in residence at prestigious universities throughout the United States and recently began a long-term association with Syracuse University. Zaira Meneses is Director of Community Outreach and Student Affairs for the Boston Guitar Fest and Artistic Director of the new cross-disciplinary cultural initiative Guitar and Friends, for which she was awarded a grant by the Albert Augustine Foundation. She is a happy mother living in Newton, MA with her 16 year old daughter, Raquel Fisk.

Performing:
Thursday, August 16

Tai Murray
Tai Murray
Violin
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Tai Murray, Violin

An inspiring talent with a silky and sweet tone from even the highest registers of her instrument, impeccable intonation, dexterity, subtlety yet always vigorous and dramatic, the well-schooled and hugely musical Tai Murray has become an essential personality in today's classical musical world. She is a former BBC young generation artist and member of the Marlboro Festival and of Lincoln Center's Chamber Music Society. Living between New York and Berlin, Tai has been heard on stages such as the Barbican, Queen Elisabeth and London Royal Albert Hall, aside orchestras such as Chicago Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Manchester BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.

Performing:
Wednesday, August 8
Thursday, August 9

Miles Mykkanen
Miles Mykkanen
"Candide"
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Miles Mykkanen, "Candide"

Miles Mykkanen has garnered recognition on the world's concert and operatic stages for his "focused, full-voiced tenor" (The New York Times). The 2017-18 season sees Mr. Mykkanen performing the title role of Bernstein's Candide with the Arizona Opera and Palm Beach Opera and Peter Quint in Britten's The Turn of the Screw for Opera Columbus in a new production by Stephen Wadsworth. On the concert stage he is heard in performances of Handel's Messiah with the New Jersey Symphony and Indianapolis Symphony, in concert performances of Verdi's Otello with Robert Spano leading the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and in Bernstein's Songfest with his frequent collaborators, Steven Blier, Michael Barrett, and the New York Festival of Song. The tenor makes his New York Philharmonic debut in a program of highlights from West Side Story conducted by Leonard Slatkin and joins the Bard Music Festival for performances of Moniuszko's Halka and Berlioz's Roméo et Juliette with Leon Botstein conducting the American Symphony Orchestra.

Performing:
Saturday, August 18

Masumi Per Rostad
Masumi Per Rostad
viola
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Masumi Per Rostad, viola

The Grammy Award-winning Rostad has received praise for his rich and expressive tone, energy, and commanding presence, and has been described by critics as an "electrifying, poetic and sensitive musician." In addition to performing, Rostad teaches at the Eastman School of Music. As a member of the Pacifica Quartet, Masumi has performed and toured extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Other honors include the Cleveland Quartet Award and the Avery Fisher Career Grant. As a soloist, Rostad has appeared at prominent festivals including Spoleto USA, Music@Menlo, Marlboro, and Rockport Chamber Music; collaborated with such string quartets as the St. Lawrence, Pavel Hass, Emerson, and the Ying Quartet.

Performing:
Thursday, August 9

Nicholas Phan
Nicholas Phan
Tenor
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Nicholas Phan, Tenor

Appearing regularly in the world's premiere concert halls, music festivals and opera houses, American tenor Nicholas Phan continues to distinguish himself as one of the most compelling tenors performing today. Highlights of Mr. Phan's upcoming 2017/2018 season include his debuts with the Minnesota Orchestra for Bach's Christmas Oratorio, and the Orquestra Sinfônica de São Paulo for Britten's War Requiem with Marin Alsop; and returns to the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Philharmonia Baroque, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony for Schubert's Mass in E-flat with Riccardo Muti, and the Toronto Symphony for performances as the title role in Bernstein's Candide. Mr. Phan has appeared with many of the leading orchestras in the North America and Europe, including the Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke's, Philharmonia Baroque, Boston Baroque, Les Violons du Roy, BBC Symphony, English Chamber Orchestra, Strasbourg Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra of London, and the Lucerne Symphony. He has also toured extensively throughout the major concert halls of Europe with Il Complesso Barocco, and appeared with the Oregon Bach, Ravinia, Marlboro, Edinburgh, Rheingau, Saint-Denis, and Tanglewood festivals, as well as the BBC Proms.

Performing:
Thursday, August 23
Friday, August 24

Melissa Reardon
Melissa Reardon
viola
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Melissa Reardon, viola

Grammy-nominated violist Melissa Reardon is a versatile performer whose playing spans all genres of the viola literature. A First Prize Winner of the Washington International Competition, and the only violist to win top prizes in consecutive HAMS International Viola Competitions, Melissa's playing has been described as "elegant" and "virtuosic" (Classical Voice). Melissa received the prize for "best performance of a newly commissioned piece" at HAMS in 2006 as well the Tourjee Award in 2002. Solo engagements have included performances at the Stevens Center, Kennedy Center, Symphony Hall, and Jordan Hall. She has performed as soloist with Camerata Notturna, the Boston Symphony and, most recently, the East Carolina Symphony. Melissa has given recitals in North Carolina, New York, Boston, and Philadelphia, and maintains an international performing schedule as a member of the Enso String Quartet. Melissa is also a founding member of the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO) and a sought-after collaborative musician.

Performing:
Friday, August 24

Aaron  Wunsch
Aaron Wunsch
Piano
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Aaron Wunsch, Piano

Pianist Aaron Wunsch enjoys a multifaceted career as a performer, presenter, and educator. Lauded for his "masterful" performances (Hartford Courant), he has collaborated in performance with cellist Lynn Harrell, clarinetists Charles Neidich and Anthony McGill, violinists Miranda Cuckson and Jennifer Koh, and the Miró, Jupiter, and Parker Quartets. He has worked with numerous composers, including Thomas Adès, Nico Muhly, and Kaija Saariaho, and makes frequent recital and teaching tours to Asia. A native of Wisconsin, he studied at Yale University, the Mozarteum in Salzburg (Fulbright Fellowship) and at The Juilliard School, and is currently on faculty at Juilliard and Artistic Director of the Music Mondays series in New York City (www.musicmondays.org) and the Skaneateles Festival (www.skanfest.org). www.aaronwunsch.com.

Performing:
Thursday, August 9
Thursday, August 23
Friday, August 24
Thursday, August 30
Friday, August 31